Archive for December 2012

Connecticut School Tragedy: Remembering Sandy Hook

Connecticut School Tragedy: Remembering Sandy Hook
My last two posts have been dealing with tragedy¬† in the NFL. Both of those tragedies did not compare to the sadness and grief that I felt today when I heard about the Connecticut school shooting, which involved the murder of innocent elementary school children. This morning, I was shocked and sadness as I followed... Read more »

Tragedy Strikes Again Within the NFL

Tragedy Strikes Again Within the NFL
It is now another Saturday. It is just not any Saturday. It is another weekend of tragedy within the NFL. Unfortunately, it has hit another team – the Dallas Cowboys.¬† Just last weekend and during the past week, the Kansas City Chiefs spent time grieving over the loss of a teammate, Jovan Belcher. The Cowboys... Read more »

Jovan Belcher, KC Chiefs Tragedy Examined With a Sport Psychology Prospective

Jovan Belcher, KC Chiefs Tragedy Examined With a Sport Psychology Prospective
This is an article that I did not plan to write about. It was a topic that completely fell in my lap on Saturday morning. I woke up, opened up my iPhone, and saw the headline involving the murder-suicide in Kansas City involving Jovan Belcher. My first reaction was in shock followed by sadness. I... Read more »
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